Senior Solution Architect Senior Solution Architect …

Canada Life Limited
in Potters Bar, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 28 Sep 20
Canada Life Limited
in Potters Bar, England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 28 Sep 20
The Senior Solution Architect (SA) will be responsible for leading and delivering the definition and description of IT solutions and ensuring validation of these solution architectures.

Job Title: Senior Solution Architect

Location: Potters Bar, Isle of Man, Bristol

Job Type: Permanent


Who we are

Canada Life looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.


Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.


Canada Life is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.


What we are building

We now need a Senior Solution Architect to support the transformation and the future growth of the business within the IT function, so it can simplify our IT architecture by removing our legacy systems and investing in modernised, lower-cost technology systems, and deliver a digital platform that provides a single view of our customers.

Job summary

The Senior Solution Architect (SA) will be responsible for leading and delivering the definition and description of IT solutions and ensuring validation of these solution architectures.

Taking an overall view of all aspects of the solution works with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders, creating a solution that addresses requirements, complies with standards and conventions, regulation, security, non-functional needs, understanding as-is and to-be, solving problems and developing decisions where trade-offs are required.

The SA supports and coaches other architects and engineers and takes leadership of complex solution work, taking the team on the solution journey supported by architecture and delivery methods. Takes ownership of architecture domains and technologies.


What you will do

Create Solutions

  • Design solutions in a technology environment
  • Develops solution views such as current and target state, business, application, information and technology view
  • Negotiates and navigate with stakeholders on the flexible facets of the solution
  • Leads and facilitates selections and architecture decisions
  • Can be consulted by others to get an understanding of the solution
  • Embraces re-use, principles and patterns


Support the delivery lifecycle

  • Provide architecture support in preparation of projects
  • Work to several SDLC methods, waterfall, incremental, agile
  • Ensures that operational requirements, based on the engineering of systems considerations (usability, reliability, availability, adaptability, manageability, maintainability, performance and security), are met to the extent required by the current and projected business need
  • Fine tunes models and designs to account for technical realities that are revealed during implementation
  • Supports transition to service



  • Guide and coach other architects and engineers
  • Influence stakeholders
  • Take leadership in collaborative problem solving
  • Establish a trusted adviser relationship with the business
  • Communicate the solution to stakeholders at all levels
  • Supports the development of the architecture method and continuum


Who you are

  • Track record in delivering complex, enterprise solutions
  • Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached.
  • The ability to understand and technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.
  • The ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs.
  • The ability to look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications.
  • Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service.
  • Capable of producing strategy for technology that meets business needs. Able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Proactively setting strategy.



  • Proficiency in both on-premise and cloud native technologies and solutions
  • Proficient with enterprise integration patterns and micro service architectures
  • Familiar with technologies such as API Management, Service Bus, Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and Cloudera, Cosmos DB, SQL Server, Oracle, Power BI, Qlik
  • Experienced with implementations leveraging CI/CD, DevOps, Blue/Green A/B, Infrastructure as Code
  • Experience with methods and standards such as TOGAF, BPMN
  • Experience with recent IT topics such as Automation, Machine Learning, Digital
  • Azure, .NET and C# ecosystem, SQL, React and Angular, JavaScript, HTML5


What you will like about working here


As a Canada Life colleague, you will receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You will also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.


Our focus is to have an engaged, committed and motivated work force, operating in a high performing and collaborative culture. We want to create an organisation that offers opportunities for all our people to develop their skills and talent, and build rewarding careers with us.


Diversity and inclusion


Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences.





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